Driven by the desire for higher capacity appliances within the same external design envelope, and by the more complex functions, electrical design is being steered towards more and more compact solutions that include combining signal and power lines within a single connector, and reducing the pitch of board connectors.
Strict regulations and standards imposed and set by such organizations as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as well as by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of medical devices, ensure among other things quality-assured preparation of medical cables for diagnostic, therapeutic or monitoring applications.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, demand response provides an opportunity for consumers to play a significant role in the operation of the electric grid by reducing or shifting their electricity usage during peak periods in response to time-based rates or other forms of financial incentives.
Do you ever wish for the good old days when a switch acted in only one way, had a nice big ‘click’ and it was pretty obvious what was going to happen when you flipped it? Too bad—that’s never going to happen.
With 68,615 attending the 2017 Show, AHR Expo superseded its former all-time attendance record of 61,674 (set at the 2015 Show in Chicago) by 11.2 percent. This number was also 28.7 percent greater than the overall attendance (totaling 53,324) at the last AHR Expo held in Las Vegas in 2011.
There are some trends building steam in the home appliance industry. After a long period of sameness, the major appliance industry is undergoing a design and innovation renaissance and the changes have only just begun.
Don’t be surprised if your next refrigerator arrives with a 20-inch high resolution color LCD display, touch screen interface and WiFi connectivity. More and more appliances are integrating sophisticated user interfaces along with the ability to communicate with their owners or the internet as part of a “smart home.”